How to be Happy

Friday, 21st February 2014

3PM @Filmbase

Directed by Michael Rob Costine, Mark Gaster and Brian O’Neill and written by Conor Horgan, How to be Happy was made as part of the Filmbase Digital Feature Production MSc. The film is a romantic comedy about a marriage councillor who gets involved with his clients, starring Brian Gleeson as Cormac Kavanagh, a marriage councillor who, off the back of a messy break-up, starts sleeping with his clients in a misguided pursuit of happiness. Flor (Gemma-Leah Devereux), a private detective, is charged with investigating Cormac’s unconventional treatments, but things get complicated when she begins to have feelings for him. Between friends with the best intentions, misunderstandings and a client who also happens to be a notorious gangster, Cormac must navigate his way through the more erratic and chaotic elements of love and relationships before realising how to be happy.

One of the film’s directors Mark Gaster told Film Ireland that “After such great receptions at the Galway and Cork film festivals and sell-out screenings, it’s fantastic to get the opportunity to show How to be Happy at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. There has always been a great buzz surrounding the film and I’m really looking forward to it screening in my own hometown.”

How to be Happy  screens as part of the ‘Making your First Feature’ event on Friday, 21st February at 3pm at Filmbase, and will be followed by a Q&A.


To book tickets visit the JDIFF Box Office in Filmbase or call +353 1 687 7974 or online here



Check out the rest of our previews of Irish films screening at this year’s festival.


The 12th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival runs 13 – 23 February 2014.